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    Salsa Timberjack vs Niner Ros9

    Picking up my first legitimate mtb. Looking for opinions between the following (price is about the same). I will be riding mostly single track trails in midwest (MN).

    Brand New 2020 Salsa Timberjack SLX 29 vs 2016 Niner ROS9 (specs below)


    Salsa TJ

    RockShox Recon RL 130mm fork
    TranzX 150mm Dropper
    SLX 1x12 setup
    WTB Trail Boss 2.6 tires
    Shimano MT400 hub / WTB ST i29 TCS rims


    Niner Ros9


    Fork: Fox Factory 140mm 100x15 Kashima Coated
    Wheels: Shimano XT hubs laced to Raceface Arc 30 rims
    Drivetrain: Shimano XT M8000 30t x 11-46t
    Brakes: Shimano XT M8000 160/180mm
    Seatpost: Thomson Elite Setback
    Stem: Bontrager Pro 80mm
    Handlebar: Bontrager XXX 680mm
    Tires: Teravail Honcho 29x2.4 & Ehline 29x2.3
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    I had a ROS9 for a brief time. Hated it. It's a heavy, overbuilt XC bike.

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    My vote is for the TJ due to versatility. You can do a bunch of stuff with a TJ
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    Thanks for the feedback! I know both of these bikes are on the heavier side. When you say versatility, what would you be able to do on the timberjack that you couldn't on the Ros9? seem to have pretty similar geometry.

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    The TJ has a 150mm dropper which means you have a lot more to move /hover over the bike then being restricted by the rigid post on the ROS.

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    The niner has an eccentric bottom bracket... I would run far, far away. That is stoneage technology
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    Since it's used I would factor in how much life is left on the Niner components. Has the fork been serviced? Brakes bled, cables changed etc?

    The ROS uses Niner's Biocentric 2 bottom bracket shell, which is eccentric. It actually is a great design and makes the frame very versatile. The Bio2 allows you to increase the bottom bracket height to reduce pedal strikes, or set it to a lower position to improve handling. It also allows for a very clean single speed setup.

    I have not experienced any creaks or slippage on my ROS9 Plus using a Bio2, which is setup as a singlespeed (more torque).

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    To clarify, with the ROS9 you do use a threaded bottom bracket. The bottom bracket is installed within the Biocentric2 shell, which is eccentric.

    Also the ROS9 has accommodation for internal dropper post cable routing. I can fit a 170mm Reverb in mine.

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    For first bike hard to beat a Timberjack, get it from a local shop with good customer support, also it has all the modern standards and as parts wear you can upgrade. The ROS might not put you in a good position with that seatpost and likely the bars are too narrow. THat is 2 items you likely might need to change right away than figure suspension service, brake bleed...

    By far the TJ.
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    while I didn't like the heft and fit of my ROS9 when I had it, I had no problems with the EBB. it never creaked or slipped. you just have to take care when installing it.

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    What I want to know is where can you still get a Timberjack SLX 29?
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    Quote Originally Posted by centershot View Post
    What I want to know is where can you still get a Timberjack SLX 29?
    REI has them in small and x-small. you didn't specify a frame size. you could call any QPB dealer (which is 99% of bike shops) or a Salsa dealer and ask them to check for you.

    I did a quick Google search for "Timberjack 29 SLX" and it shows up in a few sizes on several web stores around the country. slim pickins, but they are around.

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    Quote Originally Posted by centershot View Post
    What I want to know is where can you still get a Timberjack SLX 29?
    You can look on salsa's website and it will tell you which stores near your zip code have stock.
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    Quote Originally Posted by centershot View Post
    what i want to know is where can you still get a timberjack slx 29?
    REI had some, just got a 27.5 for my DIL

    There's a shop on Pinkbike selling TJ's from their stock, I think the're in AL or AK.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mack_turtle View Post
    REI has them in small and x-small. you didn't specify a frame size. you could call any QPB dealer (which is 99% of bike shops) or a Salsa dealer and ask them to check for you.

    I did a quick Google search for "Timberjack 29 SLX" and it shows up in a few sizes on several web stores around the country. slim pickins, but they are around.
    I need a medium or maybe a large. Picked up a TJ Deore 29'er for the wife earlier this year(which she absolutely loves), thought I could save up and get a SLX 29'er for me a little later - little did I know they would be out of bikes in May! Guess I'll wait and see what the 2021's look like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by centershot View Post
    I need a medium or maybe a large. Picked up a TJ Deore 29'er for the wife earlier this year(which she absolutely loves), thought I could save up and get a SLX 29'er for me a little later - little did I know they would be out of bikes in May! Guess I'll wait and see what the 2021's look like.
    or you could do what I suggested and find one online to buy. it took me ten seconds to find this https://www.motionmakers.com/product...=387513,387516

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